‘Vanderpump Rules’: How Long Has James Kennedy Been Sober?

James Kennedy from Vanderpump Rules proudly shared that he has been sober for nearly nine months. Kennedy made the declaration when he appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and seemed to be especially lucid during his talk-show appearance.

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He also admitted he had tremendous regret for his drunken actions through the years. Host Andy Cohen played a “regret” game with Kennedy where he traveled down memory lane asking Kennedy if he regretted certain things he said or did. Most of the regret stemmed from when Kennedy was drinking and he was clearly remorseful.

When Kennedy shared that he was sober, Cohen wanted to know if he was truly serious. Cohen pointed out that in the past Kennedy proclaimed that he was sober, but would sneak drinks. However, this time Kennedy said he’s done with drinking, which stemmed from an emotional conversation he had with girlfriend Raquel Leviss during the latest episode.

The fight with Leviss may have been his turning point

Viewers watched as Leviss wrestled with how to approach Kennedy after he rage texted her while he was drunk. Leviss went out drinking, came home and passed out. Unfortunately, Kennedy was trying to call her and when she didn’t answer her phone he became unglued.

Leviss shared snippets from the text messages with co-workers and Ariana Madix. Madix tried to be gentle but warned Leviss that she was in a toxic relationship where she was being verbally abused.

Later Leviss confronted Kennedy at home about the text and his drinking. Initially, he became defensive and stormed out of the apartment. But he returned, which is when Leviss told him she was going to break up with him if he didn’t stop drinking. At that point, he agreed that he had to stop.

He feels great

Kennedy remarked on WWHL what being sober feels fantastic. He shared the same sentiment when he embarked upon his sobriety journey, saying he feels enlightened. “I just feel enlightened and I feel just so clear and happy, and I know that sounds so cliché but things in my life have opened up — Business ventures, and my DJing has just gotten even better,” he told Hollywood Life.

Kennedy also shared that he’s been D.J.’ing shows while sober. “I’ve playing shows sober which is something I’ve never done and it’s a true rush feeling; my true emotions and feelings. It’s definitely a new high for me, I love it.”

Although he implied that his conversation with Leviss was his big turning point, he told Hollywood Life it was several instances that made him finally stop drinking.  “That’s the big question I get asked, like something big that prompted. Nothing really. Other than a long stream of events that’s just been with me through the show and everything. Like partying, the lifestyle here in Hollywood, I got sucked into it and I think it’s good to re-evaluate sometimes, take a step back,” he said.

Vanderpump Rules airs on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. / 8 p.m. central on Bravo.